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Manchester United apply to have professional women's team

Manchester United is currently the only top flight club without a women's side. Credit: ITV News

Manchester United have applied to have a professional women's team.

It follows more than a decade of campaigning by football fans and would-be players.

The results of the application will be named later in the spring. Credit: ITV News

If the application is successful, the United team would be based at the Cliff training ground in Salford, playing in the second tier of the Women’s Super League.

It's hoped this will provide a career pathway for players who graduate from the Girls' Regional Talent Club.

The Cliff training ground in Salford. Credit: Google Earth

Announcing the move, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said the women's side "must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men's first team and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club".

The executive vice-chairman said the women's side must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men's first team Credit: PA

The FA has provided excellent support through the process and we believe that launching a team in WSL2 would give many more of our graduates from the Regional Talent Club the chance to establish themselves as first-team players.

– Ed Woodward

It is anticipated they would play as a full-time team in the second tier. The results of the application will be named later in the spring.